What is a Texas Drug and Alcohol Intervention?
A Texas drug and alcohol intervention is structured process where family and close friends invite a loved one to get help for their substance abuse problem. Treatment is first step toward a new, healthier way of living.
Goal of an Intervention
If you are thinking about holding an intervention for a loved one, the goal is very simple: To help persuade him or her to enter an addiction treatment program.
Texas Drug and Alcohol Interventions Educate the Family
During the two or three days that a family works with an interventionist, the family learns about addiction. In many instances, family members don’t understand that they are dealing with a disease. Once family members learn more about addiction, they may become more understanding about their loved one’s behavior.
During the Intervention
It’s important for the family members to remain calm and focused when speaking with their addicted loved one on intervention day. The interventionist will help to guide the conversation and keep the family members on track.
Each family member prepares a letter in advance; they read the letter to their loved one during the intervention. This is not the right time for the family to reveal a list of occasions when the addict has hurt them. Instead, each person should tell the addict that they care, and want him or her to get well and be healthy.
The addicted person has a choice about whether to go to treatment. If he or she refuses to get help, there are clear consequences for that choice.
Family Sets Clear Consequences During Intervention
During the intervention, each family member makes it clear that they will support their addicted loved one if he or she chooses to get help. If the person decides not to go to treatment, the family will no longer be providing any further support (financial, emotional, etc.).
Family members should not make any statements about consequences to their loved one they don’t mean and are not prepared to act on. A Texas drug and alcohol intervention is not the place to make empty threats. It may be difficult to withdraw support from someone has been receiving money, a place to stay or other help (sometimes for years), but continuing to do this only allows the addiction to continue.
Information on Drugs, Alcohol & Interventions in Texas
When considering a Texas Interventionist for drugs or alcohol, it is important to understand the predominance of the various drugs and their activities within the state. Nicknamed the “Lone Star” state, Texas is an agricultural and industrial giant. Texas is abundant in natural resources and is the second largest state in the nation, preceded only by Alaska. Texas has the largest oil, cattle, sheep, and cotton industries out of all the states. It’s most well known and largest cities are Dallas, Austin, and Houston. The state’s recreation areas, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, 100 state parks, the Alamo in San Antonio, and Gulf Coast resort areas bring in more than $44 billion in tourist money each year. However, Texas faces the same wide-spread problem of drug and alcohol addictions that the rest of the nation suffers from.
A large percentage of the illicit drugs that are smuggled into the United States travel through Texas. Methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and marijuana are transported into Texas from Mexico. Large amounts of these drugs are either distributed and abused within the state or transported through the state into drug markets throughout the country. Methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and marijuana are often abused in Texas; however, a number of illicit drugs smuggled into the state are much greater than a number of drugs actually abused throughout the state.
Methamphetamine poses one of the most severe drug threats to the state of Texas. High purity, low-cost methamphetamine is available and commonly abused in almost all areas of the state. Mexico-produced methamphetamine is the most prevalent type of meth in Texas. However, locally manufactured methamphetamine is becoming more widely-available. Law enforcement officials report that methamphetamine production in local laboratories is increasing in Texas. Methamphetamine is produced in Texas primarily by Caucasian criminal groups and independent Caucasian laboratory owners but is also produced to a lesser extent by Mexican criminal groups and independent producers. The drug is normally manufactured in ounce quantities using the Birch reduction method.
Cocaine poses a threat to Texas as well. Powdered and crack cocaine are widely-abused in all areas of Texas. Cocaine is available throughout the state, but crack cocaine is more prevalent in the larger metropolitan areas, including Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. The wholesale distribution and transportation of powdered cocaine are controlled by Mexican drug trafficking organizations. Ordinarily, cocaine is smuggled across various points of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Heroin poses a less significant threat than most drugs in Texas, but is still an issue. The most abundant types of heroin in Texas are Mexican brown powdered and Mexican black tar heroin. Southeast Asian, South American, and Southwest Asian heroin are also available to a lesser extent. Mexican drug trafficking organizations and various criminal groups are responsible for the majority of wholesale distribution of brown powdered and Mexican black tar heroin.
Marijuana is readily-available throughout Texas. Mexico-produced marijuana is the most common within the state; however, locally cultivated cannabis is also available. The majority of the locally grown marijuana is cultivated in the eastern and northern areas of the state. Cannabis cultivation is normally operated by Caucasian criminal groups and independent dealers. Mexican drug trafficking organizations are primarily responsible for smuggling marijuana into Texas and distributing it at the wholesale level. The wholesale distribution of marijuana is also controlled, although not near as often, by Caucasian, Jamaican, and Colombian criminal groups, local independent dealers, prison gangs, and street gangs. Caucasian, African American, Jamaican, and Hispanic criminal groups; local independent dealers; prison gangs; and street gangs dominate the retail-level distribution of marijuana throughout Texas.
Areas in Texas We Serve
We provide intervention services throughout the state of Texas, including cities such as those listed below.
Drug or Alcohol Interventions in Texas
It is not uncommon for someone seeking an interventionist to want to limit themselves to choosing only an interventionist in Texas. Granted, a Texas interventionist may be nearby and might save you on the cost of a flight. But consider that Intervention Services is the largest intervention service provider in North America, delivering 6-10 successful interventions per week. A counselor in Texas who has worked with drug and alcohol addicts is not necessarily experienced when it comes to drug and alcohol interventions. Call now to speak to one of our qualified substance abuse counselors and interventionist specialists and understand the difference.